I have found “friends” at my new home. It is a murder of crows who gather in trees across the parking area.
Thanks to Google I was able to have the term “murder of crows” defined: there are collective nouns for animals, “company terms” also know as terms of venery (an archaic word for hunting). Mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions, one is that crows will gather and decide the capital fate of another crow. Another is that the appearance of crows is an omen of death. Actually the term mostly reflects a time when groupings of many animals had colourful and poetic names.
I have always been fascinated by the meaning of words and how a word can make you feel. To ponder feels to deeply think about something rather than just thinking about something. Accost and offend had me searching the dictionary for the exact meaning. A new word: floriography – the language of flowers. Check out languageofflowers.com and warflowers.ca.
Beginning in February, the Smithers Board Game Group will be at the Library from 1–4 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. There is no fee to drop in and everyone is welcome. The Book Club meets the second Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. at the Aspen Riverhouse Lounge. To see what they are reading now, how to get a copy and check for any schedule changes, visit smithers.bc.libraries.coop/event/book-lovers-night-out-3/.
The Film Society upcoming: Feb. 11: Faces Places (France), a breezily charming and poignantly powerful, cross-generational portrait of life in rural France. Feb. 25: Lady Bird (USA) a little movie that deals with ideas both big and small, including the relationship between mother and daughter.
Thursday, Feb. 1 at noon and repeated at 7 p.m. at the Healthy Living Centre, the Brown Bag Lunch health topic will be about Breast Health Pathways, prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. Speakers will be Dr. Kotze, Cormac Hikisch and Ken Winnig. Information on the new digital mammography unit at the hospital will be shared. March 1st Brown Bag Lunch, Cathy Ryan RMT will speak about “Scar Tissue Management,” especially after breast surgery.
The Bulkley Valley Tweedsmuir Women’s Institutes proudly proclaim that February, 2018 is Women’s Institute Month! There are three Branches in this District: South Hazelton, Glenwood and Quick. I belong to the Glenwood WI. We all are women, interested, informed and involved in building a better tomorrow. Curious to know more visit our website bcwi.ca or contact Joanne Van Horn 250-846-5525 or me 250-847-4797.
Alert: Rod Stewart Tribute Artist coming to Smithers, Saturday, April 7 at the Legion. More to follow.
Closing with: “Sometimes we choose to be wrong, not because we really are wrong, but because we value our relationship more than our pride.” –Author unknown.